Roxana remembers a Persian tradition her family has held since before she was born in Orange County, California. She first remembers performing this folklore when she was about four years old, as taught tao her by her mother.
Roxana recalls, If Im going on a long trip, while Im walking out the door, my Mom will make me walk under the Koran. Its so my voyage is blessed. The ironic thing is wed be going somewhere like Vegas. The most sinful place in the world. But Id have to walk under the Koran. It doesnt make sense [laughs].
When asked what she thinks about this piece of folklore, Roxana replied, Its ironic because we dont practice anything else thats Islamic. And were always going to places like Vegas to gamble, and drink, and theres prostitution exposed to me at a young age, but yet we have to walk under the Koran to get there. Its something that was engrained in [my mother] as a child so she cant stop doing it. But then I have to be exposed to it because of that, and I dont really care for it.
I, on the other hand, have a different opinion of this folklore performance. I believe the action of walking under a holy object, like the Koran, for safety and wellbeing on a journey is a comforting act, one that shows how much your family loves you and hopes that good things will fall upon you while youre away from home. I dont think that it should matter if youre going somewhere a bit sinful, like Las Vegas. Its the sentiment of hoping your loved ones are safe and happy that would matter to me, not so much whether or not I was specifically following the Korans teachings.